Thame United kept their hopes of survival alive with a crucial 2-0 win against Biggleswade at the Eyrie Stadium in Division 1 of the Pitching in Southern League on Saturday.

Thame, currently bottom of the league, were under significant pressure to come home from their trip to Bedfordshire with three points.

Manager Ben Williams made several changes from side who won the semi-final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup against Oxford City.

Ozzy Othman was out of the squad due to injury whilst Pierce McNamara and Louis Fountain dropped to the bench.

Thame welcomed back Mark Riddick, Matty Harriot, and Harry Alexander into the starting line-up.

Ryan Knight and Theo Ransby also returned to the squad and there was a new addition in Fabienne Etienne, who signed this week from Risborough Rangers.

Having spent the first 10 minutes under pressure, Thame began to assert their presence.

Jayden Carbon came close to scoring 14 minutes on, only to be foiled by a Biggleswade defender after he had taken the ball around the keeper.

A few minutes latter Ethan Lack shot just wide before another shot wide from Harry Alexander.

Both teams were creating chances with Thames wingers Carbon and Alexander causing the Biggleswade defence all sorts of trouble.

Despite a strong first half showing from Thame the match was goalless at the break.

Thame continued to push for an opener after the interval and went ahead when Harry Alexander scored after 59 minutes following a defensive mess from Biggleswade.

Thame continued to pressurise Biggleswade and nearly had a second when Oscar Lucey's shot was expertly saved by the opposition's keeper.

From the resulting corner, Fin Murray headed the ball against the far post and before seeing it roll along the goal line and hit the other post before being cleared.

United looked like they had let their good work go to waste when Jefferson Louis fouled the home side's striker, resulting in a penalty, but keeper Archie Davis made the save to keep the visitors in the lead.

On 81 minutes, Thame finally doubled their lead when Eitel Goueth, seizing on Biggleswade's blunder, chipped the ball over the keeper.

There was a nervy end to the game as the referee added another five minutes, but Thame saw out the game to secure a hard-fought victory.

It was a well-deserved victory for Thame who are now a step closer to climbing off the bottom of the league.

Next, they will face Bedford Town, again at the Eyrie Stadium, on March 26.